Ramakrishna beach, more popularly known as RK beach in Visakhapatnam is located in the heart of city’s coastline. If you stand in the middle, on the right you can see the Dolphin’s Nose and on the left, you can see the INS Kursura parked just by the sea. Beach gets its name from the Ramakrishna Ashram that is located across the road from the beach and I assume may have one of the first public buildings there to lend the beach its name. From the Hotel Novotel Varun Beach, where we were staying, the view of the beach from each of the rooms is awesome and what you see above is a shot from hotel’s rooftop restaurant.
Ramakrishna Beach or RK Beach – Places to visit in Visakhapatnam
One evening we just strolled past the beach after visiting the Naval Museum and Submarine museum, and it was a pleasure to see the various art installations on the beach. I have not seen this anywhere else in India. There were mermaids and maidens at the base of the lampposts. There is a park that has sculptures that imitate the Buddhist sculptures reminding the visitors that Buddhism flourished in this place in the past, and there is a monastery not too far from this beach.
Sculptures along RK Beach
There are modern sculptures depicting kids, traditional ones depicting fishermen with their boats and cultural ones depicting conch shells. There are small temples or statues providing a bit of divinity. I would not say they are the best art installations you would see, but nonetheless, add color to the beachside and break the monotony.
Many small parks are maintained between the road and the beach, where you can sit and admire the beach from a safe distance and I think it is a great place for both the too young and the too old. VUDA, the local authority that maintains most of these parks is doing a great job at maintaining these parks.
Rocky RK Beach
From nature’s perspective beaches in and around Visakhapatnam are rocky and not too safe for swimming or even venturing into. There can be rocks with a sudden cliff and the sea is also not too gentle. Seen from a distance, rocks create beautiful landscapes. There is even a memorial on top of a rock that is like signature rock outcropping of this beach.
Lively Evenings at RK Beach, Visakhapatnam
In the evening, the beach comes alive when people come there for their evening walk, to have a small snack by the beach or to just breathe some fresh air. The curio shops, especially those of seashell items came up. Pushcarts or kiosks with chaats and snacks came up, as did the games-counters. We met an old man who had painted himself as Gandhi Ji with a donation box in front. This is something that is seen quite often in Europe but not much in India. As tourists, the movement of ships on the horizon itself is a pleasure to watch.
How I wish more beaches and public places were developed and maintained in the same spirit.
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